Seven years ago I would have believed the below claims without need for any evidence. It was what i (religiously) believed anyway! Now after 5 years at university researching the history of medicine I know the below is just commercial propaganda of the Drug Lobby that has been refuted and disproven. All the below claims are refuted in the books "Slaughter of the Innocent" by Hans Ruesch, and "the Cruel Deception" by Dr. Robert Sharpe, amongst others.
There is no way i can refute each claim here without re-writing those books. To find similar information as contained in them or for how to get them visit the web-sites of Campaign Against Fraudulent Medical Research (CAFMR) www.pnc.com.au/~cafmr and Guardians: www.werple.net.au/~antiviv
Via the CAFMR site you will find links to relevant organisations in the U.S.A. such as The Nature of Wellness and groups in the U.K such as Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine.
You will only find scientific-medical articles there that expose the scientific invalidity of animal research amongst other medical fraud.
The below is obviously taken directly from a drug lobby leaflet... that most people accept without question like fundamentalists accept the word of the pope. Remember, medicine, the sickness industry, is a HUGE business. It makes a lot of money for many people. It wields a lot of power over media-content and the curriculum of educational institutions. Don't be surprised that truth gets distorted and hidden from public view.
: "W/out animal reasearch:
: -Poilo would kill or cripple thousands of unvaccinated children and adults this year
: -most of nations 1 million insulin-dependent diabetics wouldn
: 't be insulin dependant--they would be dead.
: -60 mill Americans would risk death from heart attack, stroke or kidney failure from lack of medication to control high blood pressure
: -More than 1 million americans would lose wision in at leatst 1 eye this year b/c cararact surgury would be impossible
: -the mors than 100.000 people w/ arthritis who each yr receive hip replacements would walk only w/ great pain and difficulty or be confined to wheelchairs
: -surgery of any type wopuld be painful, rare procedure w/o the development of modern anesthesia
: *Millions of dogs, cats, and other pets and farm animals would have died from anthrax, distemper, canine parvovirus, felineleukemia, rabies and more than 200 other diseases now preventable thanks to animal